Growing up most kids have incredible imaginations, inventing all sorts of games. I know my friend Laura and I did growing up. Also when kids play they love to mimic real life. I was struck today with the realization of how where you live affects to games you play. In our area of Mexico it is very common to have to stop at at least one military check point along the road. Especially if you are headed north towards the boarder. You see ropes across the road for speed bumps, sand bags, a lot a Federales with guns. You pull over to the side, they ask you some questions, “Where are you coming from? Where are you going to?” Or you might have to get out of the car. The Feds inspect the car, you get in and go along your way. No big deal, as long as you’re not smuggling drugs or people. It’s just what you know is going to happen every time you are on that road. Well today our little boys were playing on the tricycles. One of our staff looks over and sees this scene being acted out. Boy 1 riding his tricycle. Boys 2 and 3 stand straight and tall with their “guns” along the “road”. They pull the Boy 1 over and make him get out of the car. Boy 1 offers them a bribe, which they accept. Boys 2 and 3 search the car and then motion boy one to get back in his car. Boy 1 drives off and goes on his merry way. Whether it’s right or not, these things are all part of normal life here. Things you some times don’t think twice about. Just facts of life. Growing up I played all sorts of games of the imagination, but they usually centered around playing house or books my mom read me. What our children grow up seeing trully effects them. Children, especially deaf children are so observant. Therefore how we live our lives has such a great impact on them. It’s our responsibility as parents to live a godly life to teach our children in the way they are to go.
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